Bursaspor: Ivankov; Tandogan, Erdogan,
Stepanov, Vederson; Ergic (Svensson 76'), Cimsir (Yildirim 59'); Volkan Sen,
Insúa, Ozan Ipek; Leonel Nuñez (Bahadir 59'). 4-2-3-1.
Valencia: César; Bruno, Ricardo Costa, David Navarro, Mathieu; Mehmet Topal, Tino Costa (Manuel Fernandes 80'); Joaquín, Chori Domínguez (Mata 76'), Pablo Hernández; Aduríz (Soldado 72'). 4-2-3-1.
0-1. 16. Tino Costa. Picked up ball outside area and curled long shot past keeper.
0-2. 41. Aduríz. Dived to head ball back in to net after Tino Costa free kick hit post.
0-3. 68. Pablo Hernández. Poked shot wide of keeper after latching on to high ball.
0-4. 76. Soldado. Ran on to Domínguez pass and fired low shot past Ivankov.
A best possible start for Valencia in their return to the Champions League, a 0-4 win at debutants Bursaspor taking them to the top of their group on day one. Unai Emery took a bit of a gamble, lining up in Turkey with several changes to the team he put out in the league, but it worked to perfection as the new boys put in their claims for a place in the side. Tino Costa in particular did well, bending a spectacular long shot wide of Ivankov to open the scoring with just over a quarter of an hour gone, and then curling a free kick against the upright allowing Aduríz to head home the rebound five minutes before half time.
A couple of minutes later Pablo almost made it three with a chip over the keeper on to the crossbar, but he did get his name on the scoresheet midway through the second half after poking a shot past Ivankov. Emery then brought on Soldado for his first appearance for his new side, and it only took him three minutes to open his account, beating the offside trap after Joaquín and Chori Domínguez put him through. And to complete a perfect night, Valencia's next opponents Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw by Rangers. This is just about as good as it gets, although the Ches will want the dream to continue for a little longer.